May 04 : With Mumbai being one of the hard hit cities in the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, all shooting came to a standstill as the government announced a complete lockdown in the state. Amidst the second lockdown in the state, Yash Raj Films (YRF) head Aditya Chopra has come forward with a novel gesture as he wants to get the entire daily workers of the Hindi film industry vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Aditya Chopra has taken upon himself the responsibility to vaccinate almost 30,000 registered members of the Hindi film industry and procure 60,000 coronavirus vaccines—2 doses each. The filmmaker has urged the Maharashtra Chief Minister, Uddhav Thackeray to allow the production house to buy 60,000 COVID-19 vaccines and take care of all the expenses related to the immunisation programme for the 30,000 registered workers. Aditya wants work to restart at the earliest in Bollywood so that thousands of workers can start earning their livelihood again and protect their families.
Yash Raj Films has sent a letter to the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) that read as “With the film industry going through an unprecedented time, there is an urgent need to restart at the earliest so that thousands of workers can start earning their livelihood again and protect their families. Through The Yash Chopra Foundation, Yash Raj Films would like to offer its support in this regard. We have sent a request to the Honourable Chief Minister of Maharashtra to allocate and allow us to purchase COVID-19 vaccines for 30,000 registered workers, who are members of the film industry's federation in Mumbai at the earliest.”
The letter further read as “The Yash Chopra Foundation will bear all other costs too associated with vaccinating the workers such as raising awareness, transportation of workers and setting up of all the required infrastructure for the immunisation programme. We hope our kind request is approved which will enable our members to be safe and also get them back to work at the earliest.”
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